Retired Fla. officer shoots 2 over texting

An argument between couples over cellphone use led to a shooting at a movie theater


Associated Press

WESLEY CHAPEL, Fla. — Authorities say a retired Tampa police officer has been charged with fatally shooting a man during an argument over cellphone use at a Florida theater.

Pasco County Sheriff's spokeswoman Melanie Snow says that two couples had been watching "Lone Survivor" Monday at a movie theater in Wesley Chapel, north of Tampa. She says 71-year-old Curtis Reeves asked 43-year-old Chad Oulson to stop texting.

Pasco County Sheriff's spokesman Doug Tobin says that argument led to the shooting. Oulson and his wife, Nichole, were taken to a Tampa-area hospital where he later died. His wife's injuries weren't considered life-threatening.

The sheriff's office says an off-duty Sumter County deputy detained Reeves until police arrived.

Reeves has been charged with second-degree murder. It wasn't immediately clear if he had an attorney.

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